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BC-TX--Texas News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TX

March 4, 2019

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Texas. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to 972-991-2100.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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SAN ANTONIO _ An Air Force major assigned to a cyberwarfare unit in San Antonio has been jailed in connection with the disappearance of his wife. UPCOMING: 250 words.


CHICAGO _ Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he’s afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won’t leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips into his pocket. Cotton, who’s 28 and considers Texas home, quit his $7-an-hour job cleaning refrigerators at a big-box store six years ago to enter a new and uniquely dangerous field of newsgathering. Video journalists interview street gangs and rappers in high-crime areas, then post the videos on YouTube channels. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,160 words, with photo, video.


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QUINLAN, Texas _ When Superintendent Graham Sweeney arrived at the Boles Independent School District 33 years ago, school buildings were crumbling. Teachers taught two grade levels at a time. One hundred fifty-six students were enrolled. The Austin American-Statesman reports the Boles district, 50 miles northeast of Dallas, collected the least local property tax revenue per student of any district in the state. Boles still ranks last by that measure, but education there has improved dramatically, thanks to the state’s school finance system, that, for all of its flaws, has lifted up the poorest school districts in the state. By Julie Chang, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 2,290 words, pursuing photos.


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